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LETTERS ON MYTHOLOGY.
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF C.A. DENOUSTIER.
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Minos in the plain encircled by bis warriors, Let me resume the varrative of the God My father is known to have a God's wisdom, of wine.---'Well, well,” observed Venus, bit he had then the shape and features of an ining her lips, with vexation, “ and pray what
mortal. At sight of him Scylla felt a passion did the amiable unknown ?" Bacchus resumed
take birth to which she afterwards sacrificed as follows:-“We sat upon the strand; her every sentiment of duty and of nature. The declined bead leaned upon my breast, and her
fate of the attacked city depended upon a languishing eyes only raised themselves by in single lock of hair of a purple colour which tervals to mine. After a long but sweet silence,
grew on the crown of Nisus's head; Scylla I sighing said to her, “your heart is indeed
cul it off during his sleep, and triumphantly wounded, but can it pot be cured? Try the
carried it to Minos as a testimony of ber teria effect of time; let me persuade you to it, and
derness. But indignant at this treason, my I will consent to let you die, if I fail of making father abandoned the daughter of Nisus to her you love life.'-'Othou!' she replied, thou
shame and ber remorse. After the fall of who takest so tender an interest in my fate, Megara, she was changed into a lark, and what wouldst thou say of a man saved by the Nisus into a sparrow hawk; so that under a woman who loved him from a frightful and in different form he pursues still the perfidievitable death, then led by ber into a desart ous creature who betrayed him. Meanwhile, island, seeing that she had sacrificed to bim Athens fearing the fate of Megara, demanded fame, fortune, and rank; what wouldst thou peace: but it was on so cruel a condition, that think of him were he to seize that moment in the Gods seem this day to punish Ariadne for which she reposed by his side, and flying with
her father's severity. He decreed that for the that vessel which she had prepared for his
course of oine successive years the Aihenians safety, should abandon her to that desart and
should annually send to biin seven youths and despair?'—' The perfidious! I should cry, the
as many virgins to be devoured by the Minounfortunate !:- Alas! replied she, that per
The labyrinths in which this creature fidious is Theseus ; that unfortunate is Ari
dwelt, was a master-piece of the ingenious adne. You see before you the daughter of the
Dædalus; it was an immense edifice, conwise King Minos, who dictates laws to Crete. taining an infinity of perplexing windings. Androgens, my brother, having won the prize | Alas! nothing resembles it but the beart of the of wrestling against the people of Athens and
deceitful! At the bottom of this fatal retreat Migara, the wretches assassinated him, to
lived the Minotaur. That monster, balf man satisfy their revenge. At this news, Minos in
and half bull, devoured the miserable persons despair rushes at the head of an army over the
wbom Minos enclosed within his abode. Alcountry that contains his son's assassins, and ready had the Athenians for the third time hastens to lay siege to Megara. You well
sent is their sad tribute. Seated near tbe know that in building the walls of that city, port, I watched jo silence their vessel all cover. A pollo had frequently rested his lyre upon
ed with black, as it slowly approached the land, them, and from this circumstance the stones It cast anchor, and I beheld the crew disem. hnd contracted such a spirit of barmony, thal bark. Amongst the wretched victims, the whenever they were touched they rendered a young girls walked first, their cheeks pale, melodious sound. Scylla, daughter of Nisus, their eyes cast down. After them followed King of Megara, took pleasure to hear these the captive youths, their bands loaded with divine accords, and even during the siege of chains, and their heads resting on their the city, she frequently visited the walls. One breasts. Que alone dared to lift bis eyes, and day sbe perceived from the ramparts, the King his noble and proud look seemed to defy forNo. XXXII. l'ol.V.--NS.
tune. Does not the spirit of a hero communi hear bis foutsteps, I catch a glimpse of his cale itself to all who surround him? On be- figure: the next instant he flies, he extends holding this intrepid youth I felt elevated bis armis, he rushes into mine. Theseus with above myself, and I resolved to succour bim. looks of tenderness, and surrounded by the I suized a moment in which I could speak to victims whom he had delivered from the fury him unperceived; and with surprize, mingled of the Minotaur, seemed to pay me the min. with other sentiments, I recognised in this gled homage of gratitude and love. The enor. unfortunate, the young and illustrious The. mous liead of the monster lay extended at our seus, son of Egeus, King of Athens. With feet, vomiting out floods of sable blood, wbich admiration I learned that regardless of his the companions of Theseus yet beheld with high birth, he bad enrolled himself with the terror. Dissimulating my intentions, and victims destined to the Minot:ur; resolving feigning only the desire of removing their either to kill the monster, or to perish with champion from the importunate acknowledgehis fellow citizens. His courage, bis youth, ! ments of these liberated captives, I conducted his already celebrated exploits, the illustrious | him by secret ways to the sea-s bore. A vessel blood of Pelops from wbom he was descended was there waiting for us: we embarked, and by his mother's side, all heightened the in the winds conducted us to this fatal isle. l's terest which his figure inspired. I promised solitude, the streams with which it is watered, to save him even at the risk of my life; and he the verdure and the flowers which adora it, all swore if he should conquer, to unite his destiny presented to us a retreat worthy of lovers. with mine. From that moment, regarding i Upon the moss which tapestries this grotto, I Theseus as my husband, I gave him arms to slept with Theseu3. Jn abandoning myself to combat the monster, and to guide him through sleep, I hoped that Love who closed my eye. the intricacies of the labyrinth. I gave him lids, would come the next morning with the the end of a thread which he unwound as he || Gud of day, and smile on my waking. Vain went on, from a clue which I held at the hope! I awoke; my eyes yet weighed down entrance. Thus provided, he entered the with poppies, languid'y turn to the side of my building at the head of his companions. These husband; my arms extend to him; my hand sad men seemed descending to their tomb; seeks him. Alas, he is not there! I call upon Theseus alone appeared marching to glory.- l him; he answers not. Alarmed and trembling, Trembling at the gate of the labyrinth, I I rush from the grotto, I run through the watched the distant sounds of his steps, and woods, I scale the rocks, I leap precipices, I dethe movement of the thread which guided bim. maud my husband from every thing I see. Al length I heard the roaring of the Minotaur: Echo alone replies to my sorrows. At length I shuddered! The thread, shaken in my band, overcome with grief and fatigue, I slowly drag indicated to me all the motions of Theseus.! myself towards the sea, repeating the name of I felt him fight, recoil, turn round, pursue. Theseus; my eyes wildly wander over tbe All at once the noise ceases, and the thread, watery expanse, when all at once I perceive in remains motionless. O fearful suspeace! was
the distance that vessel with which I had Theseus the conqueror or the conquered? At flown with him from dealb !-The rest you length I believe that I feel an almost imper- | know.' ceptible movement: I think that I hear shouts “At these words," continued Bacchus, at a distance: if it should be an illusion! I “ Ariadne wept afresh ;"—“And you dried her hope, I fear, tremble, shudder, palpitate: al tears of course:" observed Venus.-"You have ternately my blood burns and freezes. I listen said it, Goddess."_“But in order to cure the again--I hear, yes I hear sounds;
wound in her heart, did not yours, my Lord, they the sounds of joy or of despair? Surely propose a remedy?"" Hymen offered a it is his voice! Ah! does not my heart de legitimate one."-" Without doubt then, the ceive my ear? No! the voice approaches; it sick lady accepted the prescription."—
!"_“Sbe is the
song of victory. The thread is rapidly did: I married Ariadne, avd in marrying her sbaken; I feel the return of my busband: I presented her with that immortal crowa which
was the masier-piece of Vulcan's art, and Gods aod Goddesses, each took different sides; shines now amongst the stars. Since that The former for Venus, the latter for Bacchus. blissful bour, the Fates have deprived me of my Had I been there, my Emilia, you may supspouse. Alas! she wanted only immortality to pose my voice would have been given in fa. be perfect! Pardon me, if I sigh eveo in this vour of Bacchus! for I believed him in the company! We were married sixty years. We right, and I offer myself to you to make trial were lovers all that time. You may suppose
of the truth of his arguments.-Ab! surely, that I was faithful to her."— Nothing so pre. two tender and married lovers, after having bable, so common as constancy.”_" Nay, then, I gathered the roses of their spring, the harvest if you are incredulous, I will speak no more." of their summer, the yintage of their autumn, -"Confess, however, Bacchus, that love has taste friendship in the winter of their years, as its turn ?"" Yes, but friendship follows we do an excellent fruit which bas been it.”—“At a terrible distance; and friendships I ripened during the warmer seasons, for the grow old as well as loves.”_" I tell you the repast of declining life.-Adieu! beautiful and heart never grows old.”
beloved Emilia. At these words the dispute grew warm. The
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Day after day passed, and even months, Under these various disquietudes, she turned but still they received no answer to their con her thoughts to the instruction of children; tioual inquiries; the sum of money they had but scarcely bad she collected a few and began been in possession of from the death of Mr. o bope for better times, when the little Cleland hourly diminished, with but little Juliet imbibed from one of them the small. hopes of its again being replaced ; distressed pox, which soon indicated itself to be of the aud barrassed with continual fruitless inquiries, most virulent kind; distracted with fears for Mr. Beriton was almost sinking under the the safety of her child, and alarmed for her fear of his wife and child enduring the hard-. || husband, who likewise was a stranger to the ships of poverty, and the deprivation of every d.sorder, Mrs. Beriton immediately called in comfort, wbep one day he was pleasingly sur medical a-sistance, and the physican who at. pričed by receiving a letter, informing him of a tended gave little hope of the child's recovery. curacy within three miles of town. Upon in- ! Equally alarmed for the life of Juliet, Mr. quiry, he found regular duty was required, Beriton could not he persuaded to quit the with a salary of fifiy pounds a year. This, || aparlment, and the effects of this inconsiderathough little better than poverty, he gladly tion to his owo safety, were visible to his wife accepted, and they removed immediately to a long before he would even confess himself to small cottage in the neighbourhood. A few be indisposed ; and on the day bis darling weeks sufficed to convince Mrs. Beriton that child was pronounced, out of danger the af. something more must contribute to their fectionate father was insensible to the intel maintainance than her husband's salary; and ligence! her mind was continually agitated with dif Mrs. Beriton's jny at the restoration of her ferent ideas of what means she could follow child imparted new vigour to her almost exfor that purpose; friends to whom she could hausted frame, and with ceaseless prayers and apply for advice she had none, as their man. attentions she soothed the pains and watched bers were loo refined to associate with the in. over the sick couch of her husband; for some ferior inbabitants of the village they resided time did he remain perfectly indifferent to her in ; and those in a superior situation were presence, and hourly called for her who was ignorant even of their existence.
his sole nurse and attendant; but her prayers
were at last answered, and her beloved bus would oblige her by permitting ber to take a band once more pressed with affection the larger quantity of work with her, which she hand that smoothed his pillow.-But alas! the would punctually cor.vey home; hoping by cruel disorder had settled in the deprivation constant attendance to it night and day, slie of his sight, and the physician gave little might the soover be enabled to indulge h of hopes of its ever returning. This sad calamily husband's wishes; but her employer, a considerably retarded Mr. Beriton's recovery, stranger to the soft emotions of humanity, as his mind could not but be agitated with and regardless of the painful feelings that fears for the support of his family. To whom made her frame tremble, while, in a low could they now look for assistance ? aud voice she uttered her request, rudely repulsed where could they find a friend to protect || ber, with observing, “she could not want them? These mournful thoughts were some. more work at a time than could employ her times dissipated by more pious reflections ou two or three days; and that, indeed, she could the goodness of the Almighty, who never for
not think of trusting ber without she left the sokes the distressed, and in placing a firm value of tlie articles she took away.”—The reliance on that support which alone cau siand loud voice of the woman, and the interesting all trials, Mr. Beriton experienced that fort.
appearance of Mrs. Beriton, bad attracted the tude and composure uuder bis trials he must
attention of those standing in the shop; otherwise for ever have beey deprived of. therefore, closely drawing her veil to bide
The little money they had been in possession tears she could not repress, and meekly tying of was by these unexpected misfortunes quite up the sinall parcel throwu to lier across the expended, and after defraying the physician's counter by the un feeling woman, she mourofees, Mrs. Beriton found herself in possession fully retraced her steps to that home, once of little more than one guinea. She had since
the scene of every bappiness, now, alas! bow the couvalescence of her husband, been able changed! Her entrance into the cottage bas to procure some needle-work from a shop at
been already described; and having retired for the other end of the town, for which, on ac
a few minutes to regain that fortitude which, count of her performing in a very superior | onber first appearance had almost deserted her, manner, she was tolerably well paid, and was
after untying her work, entered once more the always certaiu of a good supply; but this was
sitting room, despairing for some time beiug very inadequate to their support, and she daily
able tu accomplish her wishes respecting ber suund her health and strength declining.
husband, as the walking backwards and forMr. Beriton, with the irritability incident wards to town, at the same time that it decreas. to invalids, fancied a hundred differeut things led the little girength she was mistress of, ocmiglit benefit bim, and having been kept by cupied so much of her time as to make it a the tenderness of bis wife from a complete | very trifle she could lay by, after supporting koowledge of their finances, he had so como her husband and child: nor could the little pletely flattered himself with the idea of the sbe was able to earn have been more tbau sufsea breezes strengthening him, and by that ficient for the latter, had not the clergymao means restoring his sight, that he was im. who employed Mr. Beriton, sent word that patient to make the trial. Poor Mrs. Beriton, on account of his illness, he would continue perfectly aware of the expences incident to without another curate for three months, and such a journey, and feeling her total inability had regularly sent them the money once a to defray them, had diverted her busband with month; but it was now opwards of a fortnight continual excuses für delaying their departure, since the time mention d had expired; and Mrs. till at last (which was the day of the com Beriton with anxiety had expected intimation mencement of this narrative), finding he seem. of its ceasing, when she was surprised by the ed vexed at what he imagined her want of in
appearance of a gentleman, who, after softly terest for the restoration of his sight, she had
knocking at the door, lifted the latch and paid a visit to her employer, requesting she entered the room; Mrs. Beriton rising, re
quested he would take a seat, at the same time ultimately be blessed with the return of sight.. expressing by her looks' a desire to be ac The worthy clergyman would not again take quainted with his name.
his leave till be had gained Mrs. Beriton's con“I bez pardun, madam, for thus intrud. sent to make the little Juliet bis companion, ing,” said the stranger; " but I have called whom he said he would keep as a hostage till on Mr. Beritou to inquire whether he finds her parents claimed her by making their aphimself capable of again entering upon duty? pearance at the parsonage; this visit they My name is Powel.”
c: uld not possibly feel the least disinclination Alas! Mrs. Beriton's heart had presaged the to pły, and in the evening had the pleasure name before he uttered it, and glaucing a of being introduced to Mrs. Powel, who aptearful look at ber husband, remained silent. peared as much charmed with her interesting Mr. Powel arose, and sbaking Mr. Beriton by visitors as ber husband. the hand, for the first time was acquainted
Mr. and Mrs. Beriton returned home with with the serious misfortune that had followed happier hearts than they had experienced for bis illness, and expressed his pity and sur many monihs, audihere offered fervant thanks prise iu terms of the greatest kindness. Mrs. to the Supreme Disposer of all good, whose su. Beriton who had dreaded this visit for some perior wisdom could alone have directed the time, as she expected it would end all hope steps of the benevolent Mr. Powel to their of support, now that she found he was in. dwelling. P. ace and contentment once more be. inclined to be their friend, could not conceal came inhabitants of the cottage, and Mr. Beri. her emotion, but subbed aloud.
ton found their return contribute much to the Mr. PoweI felt her distress, yet kiudly li restoration of his strength, which aided in a avoided noticing it, and hid his own emotion great measure the effor's of: le skil al oculist; in carresses on the little Juliet, who, with and three months of cuustant attendance re. childish innocence and familiarity had climbed warded him with perfect return of vision, and on his knee.
he again experieuced the blessing of beholding Mrs. Beriton soon recovered herself, and was the affectionate glances of his delighted wife beginning to express ber thanks, when the and child wortby man stopped her, by saying " Not One day on their visiting the rectory, they • word, my dear madam, I feel I have been
were introluced to an elderly genileman, of sbamefully negligent in not paying you a the name of Valmont. Mis. Berilou, on the visit before; I will now try to make amends for name being announced, trenabled su violen.ly my past neglect, and shall begin by stealing she could scarcely return the customary valu. away your husband to-morrow morning; way, tations: the name was the sain as ber own, do not look so astonished; I have a friend who and many years had passed since it had met is a very famous oculist, and has performed her ear; the suddeu repetition of it painfully many wonderful cures: I shall berefore call for introduced the memory of her unhappy payour husband to morrow, and I sincerely hope |rents, and her husband observing tae pallid a short time will restore to bim the inestimable hue of her countenance, hastily advanced and blessing he is now deprived of."
opening a window near which she stood, led Mr. Powel then took his leave, perfectly her to it, and by tlo it means did no? observe satisfied with the thanks of the grateful young the astonished gaze of the stranger, who folcouple, which were chiefly expressed in their lowed her with looks expressive of the most countenances, their hearts feeling more than sorrowful recollection. Mrs. Beriloni shortly their voices could articulate.
after recovered, and making some light apoMr. Powel kept his promise in calling the logy, again took ber seat; but casuing a look next morning; aud on their re!urn Mrs. Beri. of inquiry across the room, was surprised to ton received the joyful in elligence that her meet the eyes of Monsieur Valmop: earnestly beloved husband, if he attended with the fixed upon her, her agitation began io regreatest circumspection to the rules prescrib. turu, but it was trifling in comparison to the ed by the skilful friend of Mr. Powel, would tranger's, wlich seemed to increase every